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Old 10-05-2012, 06:32 PM
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Hopefully she'll be feeling a bit happier tomorrow. Any hints on how to keep her calm for up to 10days. She doesn't know the meaning of calm. Iv had to desperate her from our lab so she doesn't set her off. Daisy is normally bouncing about all over with the odd 15min nap. We don't use a crate as she has a playroom that she shares with the lab when we go out and she has the run of the house when were in. I'll be able to keep control when I'm in the room but I shall have to leave her to take the other 2 out for walks. Do I need to keep her separate for at least a week to avoid her getting worked up.
Its a real challenge. We had the same issue with our Tessa. I tried lots of things. She was always crated when I was not home to supervise her directly. Also, I put her on a leash even in the house for a while, and kept her with me. I also kept our other dog from bothering her, even putting him on a leash too.

Even with all my precautions, I did not do enough to keep her quiet and our girl ended up with an infection in her incision, due to swelling and irritation, due to moving around too much.

If you check out that thread I linked you to, you can read the saga. It might give you ideas. Also, there are pictures in there of her incision at various stages, as well as pics of the various outfits I made to keep her tongue off the sutures. All that might be helpful to you.

You sound really competent and an amazing dog owner. You'll have to play this out by your own observations as she goes along. Just err on the side of caution!

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Old 10-05-2012, 06:51 PM
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Had a quick look at your thread. I was lucky with our lab as she acted as if nothing had happened to her but she's at the vets every month for check ups and loves the vet. Daisy is fast asleep now although I keep having to look and check she's ok all the time. She's twitching a bit and her eyes are slightly open but I can only see the white bit of her eye? Is that normal. I haven't seen her asleep since she was 8weeks old so not too sure of what's normal for her
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Daisy got spayed this morning and I picked her up in the afternoon to give her chance to wake up a bit. She was fine coming out of the vets although a bit wobbly and has nibbled at a bit of chicken. She's started crying constantly and is trying to lick her stitches. She freaks Out if I go near her with a cone collar and she can get a Tshirt off. Does anyone have any other options to stop her licking and any ideas on why she's crying? My other dog acted normal after her op.
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I took a mens t shirt and slit it up the back, then you can tie it in a knot on the back so she cant get it off
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I just went through this a month or so ago as well. Depending on the shape of your dog, a child's onesie might work. It helped us at first, and it snaps closed so she can't easily get out of it, just watch her so she doesn't move around too much if she doesn't tolerate it and wants to get it off. We also used Bitter Yuck spray to keep her from licking. It's supposed to be safe for open wounds and was mentioned on the paperwork where we had our puppy spayed. Hope this helps. We used the cone for one night, only when I tried to get her to sleep, and I slept on the couch with her the first night.
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Daisy has slept through the night. Although I got woken up by her wetting herself twice and a bit of whining. She's in bed with a chewy stick so is distracted from her stitches so far. Will have to put a Tshirt on her and give her some chews and hope she ignores the Tshirt and stitches while I take the other 2 for a walk and feed them. Our mastiff x has been laying at the top of the stairs all night waiting for me as she won't come in the room
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Iv put a Tshirt on and tied a bandage round just below the stitch site. So far she's not took it off. Has managed a short walk but still hasn't touched any food although she's had a chew on her rawhide stick and is drinking.
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Had a quick look at your thread. I was lucky with our lab as she acted as if nothing had happened to her but she's at the vets every month for check ups and loves the vet. Daisy is fast asleep now although I keep having to look and check she's ok all the time. She's twitching a bit and her eyes are slightly open but I can only see the white bit of her eye? Is that normal. I haven't seen her asleep since she was 8weeks old so not too sure of what's normal for her
That is very much a "drugged sleep" look in the eyes.... the effects still of the anesthetics.

I'm glad to read she is doing better this am. Seems like the panic stage is past. Just know that a dog can do a LOT of damage to an incision in just a FEW minutes. She'll soon enough learn that you stop her from bothering while you are around, so she'll wait until she is alone to work on it!
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She's still very sleepy. Been for another short walk although she's wet her blanket again. Not touched her main food but had a couple of soft treats. But not worried too much now. I'm timing her naps so I can take other dogs for quick wee walk out the front.
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I'm curious that she is wetting her blanket. That was not a problem our Tessa had. Not sure if it means anything or not. What I'd be concerned about is a urinary tract infection. If she does not start to be able to hold her bladder soon, I'd be talking to my vet about that possibility. It may still be more about the anesthesia drugs still, causing her not to have total control over the sphincter muscles. Perhaps you might put a white sheet under her so you can examine the color of the urine. Light yellow is good, dark yellow or blood tinged would be a reason to call the vet sooner rather than later. Also, if the urine is strong smelling that can mean infection.

Yes, Tessa was very sleepy for several days. The surgery really takes it out of them and healing is exhausting. I'd just advise not doing anything else with her but outside to potty, and back to bed. Soon enough, if things go well, you'll have trouble keeping her from over-doing, so enjoy this time when she is willing to sleep. Sleep is what she needs for sure.

As far as food, now is the time when spoiling her is OK. I'd go for easy to digest food such as boiled chicken(boneless), mixed with cooked white rice, half and half. A bit of scrambled or hard cooked egg can be good, as well as plain, unsweetened yogurt. I'd stay away from kibble (what I think you call "biscuit" over there ) for a while, as that is harder to digest, and also quite dehydrating, and also not load up on commercial dog treats, as those tend to be sort of doggy junk food. A good quality canned meat dog food might also be appetizing for her, and should be easier to digest than dry kibble . Her tummy is likely to be sensitive now, and her appetite low from the drugs, but if you can get some nutrition in her, that will help her to heal. And just as, or even more essential, is to get her hydration up. A dilute chicken broth might be tempting. You can use the water you boil the chicken in. Offer her sips frequently.

I'm really surprised your lab took the spay so easily, especially as a mature dog who had, had puppies. A hysterectomy for us females is major surgery. I think what you are seeing with Daisy is not unusual, and certainly what happened with our Tessa. She was low for quite a few days and I was pretty worried!

Anyway, those are some of the things I've learned and just wanted to pass on to you! Best wishes!

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The wees a light yellow color and doesn't smell. I think she's too tired to get up once she's curled up. Iv been dragging her outside for a wee often but she's not happy about having to get up. She had an hour of pacing up and down the living room whinging. I'll try her with some of the food you mentioned. She's drinking plenty of water. She's quite a delicate little thing so the dosage of anaesthetic given for her weight might be too much for her and is still recovering.
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